"T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever)"

Who but Will.i.am could get Mick Jagger to rap – yes, rap – over a glitzy Ibiza beat in 2011? Who else would even think of such a wonderfully batshit idea? On the first single from his forthcoming solo LP #willpower, the Black Eyed Peas mastermind strews dodgy rhymes ("I woke up in the morning/Hard like morning wood in the morning") over diamond-bright synths, while J. Lo handles the efficient hook. It all feels a bit perfunctory – except for Mick's guest verse, a kitschy delight delivered in a "Midnight Rambler" snarl.

Listen to "T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever)":

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From The Archives Issue 1145: December 8, 2011
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